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Golden Pride - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 37
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2003)
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Photo of stjaernstoft
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fuller's Golden Pride, ABV: 8.5%.
330 ml bottle, 17.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

Appearence: Clear, reddish brown colour, like copper, with a slightly brown, bright head.

Smell: Big bittersweet aromas of mainly toffee and syrup, some malt and hops, hints of citrus peels, spices, and even some chocolate. Perhaps some cherry, or red wine.

Taste: I get toffee, caramel, something sour like citrus, maybe dark chocolate, and some alcohol. Nearly perfect balance and amount of body and bitterness. Not too hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Sits nice on the tongue. Not too heavy, but heavy enough. Pretty elegant. Warming. A pleasure.

Overall: A nice beer. Nothing to complain about really. Given its strength I'm surprised it doesn't cost more. I'd drink it alone to reward myself, or on a nice, not too hectic evening with friends, and maybe a steady meat dish.

stjaernstoft, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich look with a reddish copper appearance and topped with a white, half centimetre head that has a foamy texture and disappears quite fast.

Rich, dry malts with a mix of caramel and toffee straight away, this was quickly followed by a strong fruity aroma that lingered in the background and gradually became more pronounced. Some alcohol but the spiciness of the beer covered most of this. The aroma was a strong one with applea, pear and biscuit.

A strong malt presence to start along with a taste of rich, creamy toffee and an accompanying caramel flavour. There is a fruity apple and pear taste too that is complimented by some spice and a linger, sweet taste of sugar.

Smooth with a medium to full body and a warming sensation when drank. The beer has a pleasant alcohol kick along with medium to low carbonation and a background sweetness.

An excellent beer and one that really packs a punch with a well hidden alcohol content for the most part and well balanced, complimentary flavours. A great beer for sipping away at.

flyingpig, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of brendan13
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange hued copper colour with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Toffee & dark fruit maltiness with some light floral hop notes.
T - Toffee and dark fruit also comes through quite strongly in the taste with some floral hop notes and a bit of warming alcohol.
M - Medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, a bit of bitterness.
D - Quite nice but something to sip on over the course of an hour or so.

brendan13, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date 13 Oct 2011 tasted on 28 Jan 2011

Aroma - Subdued sweetness with a slight maltiness with hints of fruitiness

Appearance - Golden amber clear with a medium white head with a slight amount of residual carbonation

Taste - Smooth caramel flavor which in the end was generally very good. A crazy smooth beer for 8.5% ABV. Flavor was mostly malt sweetness no real hop characters.

Notes - Good medium mouthfeel. One of the beers I brought home from the brewery. I wish I could find it locally.

jwhawkins81, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of crnipeter
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with good clarity, overlain by up to an inch thick off-white head that sticks to the walls, creating sheets of semi-stable lace with each swirl . The nose is heavily malty with distinctive caramel and bready qualities, raisiny esters tightly interwoven with sweet citrus orange oil-like aroma that might originate from Golding hops used, and shows spiciness and alcohol aromatics with notes of sherry.
The sweet flavor is dominated by complex maltiness with caramel, biscuity and toasty qualities, esters of dark fruits and exhibits mild spicy-earthy and orangeish hop flavor. Although the beer remains firmly malty hop-bitterness increases towards
the medium-sweet finish, rounded by warming alcohol.
Body is medium to thick and somewhat oily with rather low carbonation, hence the thin head.

Despite classed as English Strong Ale here this a Barleywine and rated like that. In short: an English Barleywine with strong and complex maltiness, fruitiness and orange-like aroma/flavor. (Best before 12-08-2011, into tulip)

crnipeter, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, slight tan head with pretty poor retention

Smell, strong whiff of alcohol, some hint of toffee and caramel, nutty with a hint of cinnamon

Taste, not overly carbonated, sweet alcohol coming through, toffee, some hop bitterness on the finish

A very good strong ale, as far as it being a scotch wee heavy, methinks not, more a strong ale or barely wine, very potent alcohol on the breath, not something you'd want to even touch if your driving

cypressbob, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of tbeckett
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice copper colour with good carbonation coming up. A two finger head of off white is fizzing away with a fluffy look to it. Bright. Great chunks and streaks of white lace around the nonic and a half finger of head left. Nice.

S - Rich dark fruits, brandy/sherry, toffee, and candied fruits.

T - Dark and candied fruit with an alcohol note coming through like that brandy/sherry element.

M - Good carbonation, a smooth, medium body and a nice sweet fruity finish.

O/D - Really easy drinking. Not overly complex like you'd find in a lot of strong ales, but it sure does the trick. I could drink this all day. Worth a shot. Keeping with Fuller's quality standards.

tbeckett, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 1996? Best before date of 1997..

Pours cloudy amber with chestnut hues. A spritzy head rose to a quarter inch at best and quickly fizzled away.
A few errant dots of beige lacework clung to the glass above the still, bare surface.
Aromatics are juicy and malty, with dark fruit and a vineous nod.
Slight boozy undertones run tandem with a syrupy honey note.
Hints of cherries and spicey phenols round out the nose.
Mouthfeel is tacky and thickish. Carbonation is light and doesn't cut through the body.
Fruits with a plump malt character lead the pallet, with some hottish vineousity carrying through. Firmly bitter and a bit crispish, but residuals win out. Lingering clover honey and hints of grape jam and red wine appear as the brew warms.
Finishes warming and a bit prickly on the throat, with a slick afterthought.
Oxidation is mildly apparent with a wet cardboard aftertaste, and freshers days have since passed, but all in all, she held up pretty damn good.

brewandbbq, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of pettis
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a medium-frothy head that settles into a nice bubbly lacing. Retention is good for an 8.5% ale. A few swirls in the snifter bring out a nice foam.

Cherry-like fruit in the nose. First sip: rich malts and slightly tart, fruity flavors dominate, with a hint of floral hops in the background.

As far as I can remember, this is my first time tasting an English strong ale. So far, I think I can say I like this style and this beer in particular. It's kind of like a "light" barleywine--and I mean this in a good way. Lot's of nice malty, fruity flavor, but lighter body and a bit smoother drinking. Definitely worth trying.

pettis, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Pours a nice red-ochre colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is a lot of honeycomb, carob and rye. Toffee too. Very English, like an imperialised take on the marzipanny-malt of a classic English ale.

Taste is a translation of the nose. Decent hop/alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Real creamy with decent body and low carb.

Overall a really nice English barleywine / old ale / strong ale. Can't deny its quality. Distinct from 1845 which had more toffee qualities and bittering hops. This is its big, less subtle brother.

danieelol, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of blamoe
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers Golden Pride is a very good example that strong ales can be smooth and highly drinkable. The taste is very malty but with a kick of hops and to my suprise not a heavy ale. This is one of my prefered Barley Wines and it's so easy to forget how strong they are and have a few to many. Well done Fullers.

blamoe, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 4/10/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large, dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, tea, some honey and some hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel, honey and tea. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good beer that I could stick with for the duration of the evening.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this one at a pub in Paddington. Thin beige cap over a bronze, clear beer. Decent retention with some clinging bubbles. Super fruity aroma, dried fruit like raisins and figs, along with a nearly tropical character and sturdy biscuit malt base. Solid bitterness didn't get in the way of fruity and malty flavors, as well as a bit of alcohol. Nicely balanced between hops, malt and yeast. A bit bready, biscuit, slight caramel, dried fruit. Full bodied with low carbonation, a bit drying, malty texture. I enjoyed this quite a bit. I'd love it if this was easier to get on the other side of the pond.

DrJay, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 16 July 12 (not sure if that is ddmmyy or yymmdd)

A strong pour results in about two finger-widths of off-white head on top of a copper coloured beer. Decent retention, a little bit of lacing.

Lots of caramel malt in the nose. Floral scents, probably provided by the hops, along with some bright fruits: apple, orange. Nice.

Taste is like the nose but more. Strong caramel malt flavours provides a sweetness that is nicely balanced by some bitterness from the hops. Apple is the strongest fruit flavour, also some orange, grape and a bit of cherry. Finish is fairly bitter.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Chewy feel.

Overall, another very nice beer from Fullers. I am pretty impressed by the consistency of this brewery. A tasty beer that is remarkably drinkable despite the strength.

jrenihan, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of bartle
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at bar Volo. Pours copper to amber with a thick creamy head. The nose is floral, with a touch of herbs, lots of bright fruits, mild biscuit and a touch of vinegar. Tastes of apricots, little bready, some grassy undertones, sweet and caramel tones. A touch of whiskey. It's a heavy mouthfeel. Nice and thick, a little chewy, full bodied, and the alcohol isn't too brash. Very balanced in the cask.

bartle, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger thinner bubbly looking off-white head that makes lots of crackling noises. Head quickly fades and pops down to a thin splotchy film and a bubbly ring around the edges. Carmine red or maybe burnt umber brown in color. Nice clarity with medium carbonation and big bubbles rise, decorating the film top. Minimal film remains until the end and leaves minimal lacing.

SMELL: Nice bold scent. Caramel and toasted malt with hints of toffee as well. Fruity esters, perhaps cherries and dark grapes, as well as other dried fruits. Some floral hops in there as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Caramel and toasted malt and lots of toffee again. Not as fruity as the nose had indicated, but the cherries and dark grapes are there. More floral hops here and some spicy notes as well, perhaps from the higher ABV. Some sweet caramel and burnt sugar at the swallow. The strong and long lasting aftertaste of floral hops and some spicy alcohol puts you in your place. This is one you ponder and enjoy for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate with prickly carbonation. Goes down with a scratch and finishes with a little alcohol bite at the end. This could be smoother and creamier for my liking, and the alcohol could be hidden better, but I kind of get the impression that they don't want to hide it any better.

OVERALL: Certainly a very enjoyable beer. It was tasty and surprisingly drinkable for the ABV, with only the rough and aggressive palate holding it back in the ratings for me. The back of the bottle reads, "This is the finest example of our brewers' art," and I'd certainly like to commend them on their fine masterpiece. Recommended.

Jeffo, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of BGDrock
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep copper; clear; pours a good head, but fades fairly fast, leaving fine lace

Aroma: butterscoth; fruity yeast; apple or pear; light aroma overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: initial taste is like nothing had before, complex, and again the fruity/spicy yeast character, and a pleasant bitter bite comes with the finish; good length; some butterscotch balances well with the spice notes; medium-heavy body with a slightly buttery texture

Overall: would be a great fall beer, bringing to mind thoughts of pumpkin or sweet potato pie; very well balanced

BGDrock, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of wilsonbaron
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

wilsonbaron, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Stocean1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger off white beige head on a amber copper body with great retention and lots of thick foamy lacing leaving a good collar.

Smell is caramel malt, lots of floral hops, and light fruit.

Taste is bready caramel malt upfront with the hops taking over that is floral with grape and apple notes, some earthy mineral backing as well. Only a slight bit of ethanol as it warmed.

This is a medium bodied brew with a little carbonation. It is like all fuller's brews, soft on the palate and well balanced. It is bitter but very crisp and refreshing and masks the abv very well.

Another tremendously drinkable Fuller's ale that should be bought whenever it is available.

Stocean1, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of juju7
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quality barleywine. Not over the top or in your face style of sticky, sweet hop bomb.

Instead, you get an elegant, sexily sweet malt driven sipper. Almost like melted toffee. Carbonation is nice and low helping this puppy slide down nice and smooth. Alcohol is nicely in check too. What's not to like?

juju7, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Florya, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

leitmotif, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pazzo's took the Ole Winter Ale off tap for a few hours to share this treasure of a beer with their patrons. Certainly glad I was there. This beer is quite special, reminding me of the Vintage Ales, with a more subdued alcohol complex and power in the flavors. The first sip delivers a plethera of complexity, tons of flavors, and spicy character. Certainly rests on a foundation, built on malts. Shows a lot of cotton-candy sweetness, berries, cherries, dates, figs, plumbs, nuts, caramel, and lightly toasted breads. Balanced by firm, pungent hops with a faint herbal tone. Alcohols are warming, but weave nicely into the complex malts until they are hardly noticed. Finishes sweet, but balanced and with a long sherry-like lingering.

BEERchitect, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of MEP
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

MEP, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of WGO
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

WGO, Oct 05, 2013
Golden Pride from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.